Unlike many headliners in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday that he will travel to Tokyo to take part in the Olympic Games, before aiming for the Grand Slam at the US Open.
Novak Djokovic is hungry for victories. While he has already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and, more recently Wimbledon, the world number 1 confirmed on Thursday that he has two last major goals in this year 2021. Having recently confided that it was “du 50/50 ”concerning his presence from July 24 to August 1 on the courts of Ariake Tennis Park for the tennis tournaments of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Serbian put an end to the suspense and confirmed that he will defend the colors of Serbia, he who won bronze in Beijing, having at the time taken the better of James Blake after a loss in the semifinals against Rafael Nadal. The world number 1 will accompany his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic for the men’s singles tournament, as Serbia did not qualify as a pair for the men’s doubles.
It’s through his official account Twitter that Novak Djokovic has confirmed his presence in the Japanese capital. ” I have booked my flight to Tokyo and I will proudly join the Serbian team for the Olympic Games », Confided the world number 1 before specifying his ambitions. “I am very proud to be packing for Tokyo and joining our national team in the fight for the brightest medals,” said the Serbian in his native language. Playing for Serbia has always been a joy for me but also a particular source of motivation.. I will do my best to make us all happy. “
Novak Djokovic will therefore go to Tokyo with the idea of bringing back the gold medal, the only title he lacks. With the first three tricks of the Grand Slam in his pocket and before a US Open of which he will be the natural favorite, the world number 1 could then match the performance of Steffi Graf, the only player to have won the four Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the same year, in 1988. But, for Novak Djokovic, going to Tokyo will also be an opportunity to leave behind his elimination in the first round in Rio against Juan Martin del Potro.